social problems

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 17 March, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 17 March, 2011, 12:00am

Reading comprehension

Answer the following questions:

1 Why was Steve Jacobs fired?

a. He was a heavy gambler.

b. He was a junket operator.

c. He clashed with Sands' CEO Sheldon Adelson.

d. He caused the Sands' stock price to fall below US$2 a share.

2 Which of the following statements is not true about junket operators?

a. They know how to cheat at gambling.

b. They are controlled by triads.

c. They earn commissions by bringing VIPs to casinos.

d. They have gaming rooms on private floors in casinos.

3 Gaming analyst Ng Huei-suen thinks Chinese love to gamble because ...

a. they believe in the casino.

b. they believe in luck.

c. they are rich.

d. they believe that's what they are good at.

4 According to the article, why were Paiza suites strangely quiet despite the hotel's occupancy rates of 90 per cent or more?

a. Visitors sleep most of the time.

b. Visitors spend most of the time at the casino.

c. Visitors are out touring the city.

d. Visitors are busy snapping up expensive designer goods.

Think about it

1 Do you think Macau and the mainland should stop the junket business? If so, how do you think they should tackle it?

2 Casinos have brought huge wealth to Macau, but behind the bright lights, what social problems have followed?

3 Do you agree that Chinese love to gamble? Discuss how gambling affects our society.


1 After the financial downturn, stock prices fell to .................. level.

2 The player was suspended from the game after ................. the coach.

3 Businessmen are always thinking of strategies to boost their revenues by attracting


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